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IPU Group introduces maintenance service for offshore starting systems

13 February 2012

A UK manufacturer of secondary diesel engine starting solutions used in critical applications such as offshore platform emergency power generators, winches, fire pumps and lifeboats, is launching a new maintenance service for applications located in extreme locations, to resolve what it sees as a serious safety loophole.

West Midlands-based IPU services engines all over the world
West Midlands-based IPU services engines all over the world

IPU Group designs and makes a range of air, spring, hydraulic and nitrogen starting solutions capable of turning over and starting diesel engines in the harshest of conditions including wet, arctic and extreme heat.  A significant number of these engines are located in high risk environments such as oil and gas platforms, where a means of secondary non-electrical starting is mandatory in the event of a fire or explosion. 

However, informal research by IPU has discovered that these emergency starting solutions are not getting regularly serviced, which the business believes could be putting personnel at risk. 

To resolve this potentially serious problem, IPU has had a number of engineering staff trained for off-shore servicing. This includes passing the Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training for helicopter travel to offshore installations. The engineers are also qualified to service and maintain other manufacturers' kit as well as IPU solutions, in accordance with the main specifications of the equipment. All work is certified to meet existing safety standards. 




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